When we arrived at the hotel, we were a bit in shock. We've been traveling with Interval International to all kinds of 5-star resorts all over the world. The reception area of the hotel is just a shack with a desk.
However once we reached our room (a 2-bedroom), it turned out to be great, quite close to what other 5-star resorts have to offer. The only thing we first noticed was the lack of a television. We learned later on, this was a conscious decision, and we never missed it. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained.
The resort is very clean, and so are the rooms. They are building an expansion, and afterwards they're planning on redoing the reception and dining facilities. Also the pool area is sufficient, but the shape lacks a bit of fantasy. The restaurant could use a bigger menu, but there are several very nice restaurants nearby. (I'd recommend the Kora). I'd recommend this hotel to anybody.
The staff is excellent, and everybody in the country is very friendly and polite. The people do not have much, but will appreciate anything you can spare them.
The prices are quite low as well in the hotel as outside. You can have a 4 person dinner for about 50 euro at a very nice restaurant, and a quick lunch won't set you back more than about 30 euro for 4 people. Also the spa in the hotel might lack the grandeur of some fancier hotel chains, but the price makes up for it. A 1h45 minute massage only costs about 15 euro, something we haven't seen at any hotel worldwide.
May seems to be the beginning of the low season for the country (which spans from October to April). However being the end of the dry season, the weather is still excellent. However you notice very few tourists are in the hotels and the restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within tropical gardens, located right on the beach, Kololi Beach Resort is the perfect location to explore this unique country. Kololi offers self catering villas and apartments. Each Villa/apartment is fully furnished complete with lounge, dining area and a fully fitted kitchen. Kololi Beach Resort can also offer bed and breakfast, half board and full board options. Each property has its very own furnished terrace or balcony area. The perfect place to watch the sun go down and enjoy the abundance of wildlife, or pre dinner drinks with friends. Everything you will need to enjoy a complete 'get away from it all' holiday is here at Kololi Beach Resort. The Resort has many features including, an 18 hole par 3 Golf Course, a real test for golfers of all standards. Our on site a pro is available for lessons and all equipment is available on site. choice of 3 swimming pools, a private beach area, Club House bar and restaurant along with two further bars, both with free WiFi. A Mini Market is open daily for your daily essentials, gift shop, 24 hour reception and money exchange. Our dedicated excursion team are on hand to make sure you get the best excursions at the right price. They can even organise a private excursion for just you and your guests, making the day that bit more special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kololi Beach Club Hotel Kololi
- Kololi Beach Club Gambia